Russian Buggy Crew Shoots High-Stakes Skeet Match With Ukrainian Drone

This footage, provided by a Russian soldier via helmetcam, shows himself and a partner as they ride on a Chinese-donated Desertcross ATV. They find themselves being pursued by a Ukrainian FPV drone and endeavor to shoot it down with a shotgun and assault rifle.


I'll admit it- this looks like it would be fun as hell if life and death weren't on the line. However, I'd definitely recommend a more reliable weapon. Russian infantry have begun to field shotguns (when they can get them) specifically to defend against drones, but the Saiga shown here continues to uphold their reputation for jamming. Despite being brought specifically to deal with this very threat, the shotgun is out of commission for almost the whole incident as the soldier tries to clear the malfunction.


The drone is clearly visible at 0:32 as it careens in and smacks into a tree. It's unclear whether this is because it was damaged by gunfire, or simply pilot error. Quite honestly, in either case, I don't know whether I'd be terrified or infuriated if I were the shotgunner.


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Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


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This footage, provided by a Russian soldier via helmetcam, shows himself and a partner as they ride on a Chinese-donated Desertcross ATV. They find themselves being pursued by a Ukrainian FPV drone and endeavor to shoot it down with a shotgun and assault rifle.


I'll admit it- this looks like it would be fun as hell if life and death weren't on the line. However, I'd definitely recommend a more reliable weapon. Russian infantry have begun to field shotguns (when they can get them) specifically to defend against drones, but the Saiga shown here continues to uphold their reputation for jamming. Despite being brought specifically to deal with this very threat, the shotgun is out of commission for almost the whole incident as the soldier tries to clear the malfunction.


The drone is clearly visible at 0:32 as it careens in and smacks into a tree. It's unclear whether this is because it was damaged by gunfire, or simply pilot error. Quite honestly, in either case, I don't know whether I'd be terrified or infuriated if I were the shotgunner.


About the Author

Author's Photo

Cole Simms

Cole Simms is an Air Guardsman, NASA enthusiast, police officer, and security contractor with particular experience in austere environments. Outside of work, he volunteers as a Stop The Bleed instructor for area schools. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and blends his knowledge and experience to write analysis for Funker530.


Need a tried-and-tested fixed blade that's trusted by police, military and protective service users all over the world? Cole recommends Ironside Edge Works for your tactical or EDC blade needs.

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